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Old 04-30-2003, 10:15 PM   #15
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Thanks!

Charlie, you're right about the tires. I had to take the wheels off and get the tires replaced before I could move it at all. Based on that experience, I'm pretty sure it doesn't have brakes - must have the battery charger option...
Eric, I picked up the Tilex Soap Scum remover today - haven't tried it yet, but I will ASAP. Thanks for the tip!
Morgan, thanks for the suggestion about the U-Haul store. Turns out the U-Haul place in my town also sells propane. They told me to bring it in and they would try to work out both the wiring and the propane. Sounds like I hit the jackpot!
I spliced the wiring temporarily to get the brake lights working so I can be fairly safe getting it to U-Haul.
Thanks for all the feedback!
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Old 04-30-2003, 10:20 PM   #16
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Welcome Bob. After you get the propane tank situation figured out, the mildew cleaned up, and any other little thing that might come up, don't forget to give 'er a real good waxing! Enjoy your new aquisition.
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Old 04-30-2003, 11:22 PM   #17
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Pack Wheel Bearings

Bob, after sitting up for this long, be sure to pack your wheel bearings before doing much highway driving. Otherwise, you could find yourself sitting on the side of the road with burned out wheel bearings. It's a good idea, also, to keep a spare pair, along with wheel bearing grease, in the trailer.

Bob :)
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Old 05-01-2003, 11:44 AM   #18
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Orginally posted by Thomas and Janifer

I asked my propane guy about the new tanks, and he said he could probably change the valve in my old ones. I said I heard Walmart took them for exchange and he said they were not the refillable kind. you had to trade them back each time. I do realise that he wanted my business, but that can or should be checked out. If you need to fill it else where.
Jana, that's a good point about the tanks. I guess there are pluses to both the refillables and the swaps.

As for me, I choose the swap out kind. Why? Because it's initially cheaper and zero maintenance. Free swap and I never have to worry about the tanks rusting out. I found that a swap generally runs anywhere from $13 to $17 for a 20#. Based on my usage, it is totally cost efficient and virtually mantenance free. I suppose another reason is that around here, I only know of one place that refills propanes (closed on Sundays), yet there are more places than I can count within 5 miles that have swaps and are open 7 days a week.

Those going on extended trips might benefit from having one of each. :shg
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Old 05-01-2003, 02:55 PM   #19
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zero maintenance. that reason alone is just about reason enough. and add in the 7day a week open, I may have to try that. Its been so long since i've filled one up, I've don't remember the price.
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Old 05-02-2003, 03:04 PM   #20
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Jannifer:
The guy that told you the Walmart tanks were not refilable was strickly after your bucks, and if he is in the propane biz. he should know eht exact rules and regs, so he put his ethics on the back burner in exchange for a shot at your wallet. I would hesitate to trust him in the future.
Thinking about the trailer having no electric brakes is that something that can be retrofitted to an older trailer fairly simply?
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Old 05-02-2003, 10:33 PM   #21
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retro-fitting brakes

Charlie, you can buy entire axle assemblies including the brakes and springs.
I don't know how standard these are for width, but one place advertises a 3500 lb
assembly with brakes for $470 cdn.

You can also buy the brake assemblies for $75 each if your hubs bolt onto the axle.

There seems to be some degree of obsolescence associated with these brakes.
Apparently the company that made mine is no longer in business and the magnets
to fit them are no longer available. With the hubs welded to the axles in my
case, I would have to replace the entire axle assembly to replace the brakes.
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Old 05-03-2003, 12:31 PM   #22
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More than you wanted to know about tanks

The guy saying the WalMart tanks aren't refillable anywhere else MAY have been right. Each WalMart store seems to have a contract with a different filled-propane vendor. Most will fill accept any tank that has a compliant valve and carries a current certification.

However, *some* Blue Rhino tanks can only be refilled by Blue Rhino (they've done something different to the valve), and if that's the way the local WalMart (or other place with tank trading), that's the way it is.

Next time you see a Blue Rhino tank cage, go read the fine print about the special tanks/valves. For what it's worth, I have seen the cages, read the fine print and looked at the tanks and have yet to see one of the special tanks/valves. I suspect it's possible that the special tanks may have been replaced by the new OPD.

If you have a new OPD valve installed on an old tank, I believe the tank is newly certified for only something like four years, instead of the 12 years you get with a new tank with new OPD valve.

Pete and Rats
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Old 05-03-2003, 01:51 PM   #23
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If you have a new OPD valve installed on an old tank, I believe the tank is newly certified for only something like four years, instead of the 12 years you get with a new tank with new OPD valve.

Pete and Rats
that might be worth just getting rid of the tank, even if I hadn't filled mine but once every four years. With the trailer, that could change. (sure glad you said that about the tanks, Pete. I kind of liked the price that propane guy sells propane for and he is convenient.)
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Old 05-12-2003, 06:40 PM   #24
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Still working

Hi again,

I've now gotten the plug rewired and the new propane tank. The guy that sold me the propane was very nice and rewired the plug for free, so I certainly owed him enough to buy his propane.
The Tilex really didn't do much. I had already scrubbed the stains with Comet with bleach. I guess I might try the vinyl spray as suggested. For this trip, I can just live with the stains.
Repack the wheel bearings, you say? I'll have to look into that, too.
Thanks again for all the suggestions. I'll post some pictures from Snake Mountain, NC after my trip - my favorite place on earth!

Bob
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Old 05-13-2003, 10:14 PM   #25
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Hi Bob

I read your chat and you have a trailer that looks an awful like mine. Some other Compact II trailers shown have a more boxy shape where ours seem to be more aerodynamic. I have been working on mine for almost a year now and have it almost ready to hit the road. I have done some major frame, plumbing and wiring changes. I assume you have discovered that the fifth wire is for the backup lights, at least this is the case on mine. I installed a seven wire set up so I could add battery charging and braking to help with stopping capability on my short wheel base early bronco(and for off road travel)
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